The criticism of calculating terrorism risk was the perception that analysts could not predict human behavior. As it turns out, no one needed to. Social-networking analysis has been “very effective” since 9/11, [Gordon] Woo says, in foiling numerous terrorism attacks. In addition to its first priority of keeping America safe, the tactic has “protected insurers from paying large losses,” he adds.
It’s incredibly interesting that even bin Laden—a man who took great pains to avoid personal contact with social media and electronic networks in general—still wasn’t able to escape their reach.
If bin Laden can’t escape, who can?